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Discussion in 'Outreach Forum' started by danmarino, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    First, let me just say that I'm not asking for sympathy or anything like that. The main reason I'm posting this here is in the hopes that I may be able to help someone down the line.

    The bad news: On Tuesday I was diagnosed with skin cancer. The dermatologist cut off a few lesions (and when I say lesions I mean things so small I never really noticed them) right then and there after inspecting me. However, and due to many more on my face and arms (again, not really noticeable to the naked eye) he said I will have to go through a round of chemo.

    The good news: The cancer is not melanoma so it is highly treatable and not nearly as aggressive. Also, the chemo is something called Efudex which is topical and not systemic. So no hair loss, etc that people usually think of with chemo. However, I will most likely go through around 2 months of extreme pain, unsightliness, and fatigue. Here are some pictures of people using Efudex:

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    Basically, what this chemo does is melt the entire top layer of skin off. The body will then, hopefully, start anew with fresh, non-cancerous, skin and I'll look 10 years younger! lol


    So, I'm 44 years old, have 5 young kids and a wife. I was born and raised in Florida, have Irish and Scottish heritage. Always fished, surfed, sailed, sunbathed, etc, etc....I always thought, I'll be OK and rarely used sunscreen. This treatment is better than the alternative, but boy do I wish I'd used more sunscreen and covered up in the sun more. So all you young guys/gals, no matter your skin tone/color, take care of your skin!
     
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  2. eltos_lightfoot

    eltos_lightfoot Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Yikes, get better, my man! I had wuss skin cancer, a basal cell carcinoma, so I am probably on path to need something like that too. Dang viking heritage! I have had a friend go through that, and it wasn’t fun, but he said it was worse than it looked also. I hope so...I’ll be praying for you to have a quick recovery!
     
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  3. Unlucky 13

    Unlucky 13 Just a Guy Club Member

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    Get better man! Best wishes on a total and quick recovery.

    Solid advice on staying out of the sun and/or being careful. I've never been one to enjoy it, and I've even worn exercise shirts in the pool or ocean since my early 20s. I worry for my sister and a few other family members who not only spend their lives in the sun, but even still use tanning beds.
     
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  4. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I hope you meant to write it looked worse than it was? lol....

    But yeah, I've been reading where some people are able to get by with taking Advil, but some people need pain patches and stuff. I hope I'm one of the former people.

    And thanks for the prayers!
     
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  5. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I've never used a tanning bed, but mainly because I lived in Florida. lol....Show your sister these pictures. It may scare here enough to stay out of those things.

    Thanks for the well wishes.
     
  6. eltos_lightfoot

    eltos_lightfoot Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Hahahaha whoops, yes I did mean to write what you said!!! Ha!!!

    It looked worse than it actually felt.
     
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  7. Ohiophinphan

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    My best wishes and prayers to you.

    My Dad had skin carcinomas and my uncle (his brother) died from metastatic melanoma. I understand your caution and have regular skin checks myself.

    I am glad to hear of the newest treatment. While very hard on you, the reports on it are very encouraging. Again best wishes and my prayers.
     
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  8. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    Sorry to hear about your uncle. I was extremely happy to hear that non of the cancer is melanoma.

    Thanks for your prayers.
     
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  9. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Staff Member Club Member

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    Damn dude, sorry to hear the bad news. Hopefully you get well soon.
     
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  10. Fin-O

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    Just saw this..

    Hope this post finds you recovering well.
     
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  11. invid

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    Wishing the best for you, Dan!
     
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  12. danmarino

    danmarino Season Ticket Holder Club Member

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    I'm on day 3 of the treatment. I had a vacation planned and waited until after to start.

    So far I have some mild itching and redness. I was told that it may take 5-7 days before I start having some of the more intense side effects. My dermatologist wants me to apply the Efudex twice per day for 28 days. He wants to see me after 14 days of treatment because he said there's a chance I may be able to stop then. It all depends on how much of my skin is effected and how bad.

    Thanks for the well wishes. I'll keep you all updated on my progress.
     
  13. Ohiophinphan

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    Thanks for keeping us updated. You remain in my prayers!
     
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  14. danmarino

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    Today is day 7 and man what a difference 24 hrs makes on this stuff.

    Yesterday I had a few red spots on my face and my face felt wind burned or slightly sunburned with no heat. Overall not really noticeable to other people or uncomfortable.

    I woke up this morning and the redness has increased, a lot more red spots, and the slight sunburn has turned into a slightly painful burn. When I open my mouth or smile my face feels really tight. I had to lower the temp of my morning shower because it really stung when too warm. I had to "blot" my face dry or else suffer from the towel scraping my face if I rubbed. And when I applied the Efudex this morning it was slightly painful to rub in. I had been rubbing the cream in until it disappeared, but I found that too painful this morning and let is soak in on it's own. My arms and hands are showing some tiny red spots, but no pain and nothing really noticeable to others. Maybe it's because the skin on the arms are tougher and less sensitive?

    Anyhow, after tonight I will have 14 of the (possible) ~56 treatments down. It could be as few as 28, however, depending on how I respond. I'm hoping for 28. lol
     

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